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Anjathe – Food for talent

Movie Name: Anjathe
Language: Tamil
Starring : Narain, Prasanna, Vijayalakshmi
Director : Mysskin

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All reviewers who say, very rarely do we see quality movie in Tamil, are starting to eat their own words. Well, that includes me as well, though I don’t call myself a reviewer (Just viewer). Lately Tamil movies are staring to implore their paths into the catalog of high quality movies.

Frankly I never expected Anjathe to be a good watch. I usually don’t remember Director names or don’t follow movies based on directors. So Mysskin’s Chitiram Pesuthadi didn’t provoke me to go watch Anjaathe. But I was in for a surprise at Satyam Cinemas.

The movie spins around 2 friends and how their decisions turn around their fate. Sathyanathan (Narain) and Krupakaran (Ajmal) are sons of police constables living in a police colony. They remain close friends despite having divergent attitudes. Krupa wants to become a sub inspector and works meticulously to get selected. Aimless Sathya, a street rowdy, is always humiliated by his father (M.S. Bhaskar) because of his irresponsible attitude. He gets into a feud with the local gangsters led by Pandiarajan and Prasanna. Little does he know about their illicit business.

Provoked by this humiliation, Narain decides to go for Police selection and by hook and crook he gets selected but Ajmal is rejected. Ajmal starts hating Narain and blames cheats like him for his failure. The rest of the story races around how Narain adapts to Police job and How Ajmal gets into the hands of the devil and assist Prasanna in rape and kidnap plots. Narain joins a elite team of police officials…(Kaka Kaka style team) and will they smoke out the criminals?

Vijayalakshmi is cute and does justice to her role. Prasanna is really frightening with his sly smiles and dangerous looks. Narain has done his homework in the acting department and aptly fits the role. The kuruvi character is very well portrayed by the cast and the rest of the crew deserves the claps as well.

The directorial touches, the editing, the camera angles, the turn-around of events are all handled excellently. mmhm… any word better than excellent? Can’t find appropriate words. I just loved the way the entire story was handled. I would say Mysskin was the actual hero of the movie. He is a discovery for the film fraternity. Mysskin displays remarkable acumen in placing this crime thriller in a realistic sociol background. The nylon cover wrapped around the the leg of the flower seller who helps Narain, is an lesson to all those budding directors in the chapter “Pay attention to details”.

The music tracks are not that remarkable and so isn’t the choreography. But the music director has done a good job in the re-recording department. The use of silence at many places is apt and keeps hearts racing.

The exact words between me and my friend while walking out of the theatre: Minus the choreography and music, this movie could easily out-perfom “Khaka Khaka”. Just 4 films like this releasing per year is more than enough for Tamil film fans like us.

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5 responses

  1. Sounds like a The Departed remake….

    February 21, 2008 at 10:32 AM

  2. Giridhar

    @Venkatesh: doesn’t have even a stint of departed. Its different.

    @Sudhs: watch it…u might think he is a comedian. but he turns out to be evil of evils.. thats a twist

    February 23, 2008 at 9:01 AM

  3. K

    When I read the review, even I thought that it sounded more like The Departed. But, I watched the movie just now. Its a classic and its now way related to The Departed :)

    March 8, 2008 at 4:17 AM

  4. dey its a nice movie da…bunked office today and watched it ..good quality movie..some of the scenes were handled subtly by the director.. he must have put a good amount of time in carving this creation

    March 13, 2008 at 5:55 PM

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